...and that's a damned shame.
I paid a dollar for this back in October at White Plains.
Now, you may be saying to yourself, "You paid a buck for a severely damaged, heavily burned baseball card of a guy you don't even actively collect?" If you did, stop reading this and go collect Krugerrands or something. I know my readers, and y'all get it.
This baseball card made it through a fire, almost 50 years ago.
Really think about that.
Was it a house fire?
Did this card outlive the kid who owned it?
If the kid did survive, did he save this card from the rubble and hang onto it because he loved it, or did someone else find it and snag it?
Those are just the questions surrounding the fire.
From there, it survived the next 5 decades who knows where (at least two of those decades were pretty abusive toward baseball cards), and eventually made it into a card dealer's hands, where I found it, bought it, and have scanned and documented it for you all to see, and ideally it'll remain on the Internet for as long as there's an Internet.
Now, if you think too deeply about anything, you can come up with astronomical odds against it happening, but in this case, it's not that much of a stretch to say that there were huge odds against this card surviving for this long and eventually being documented for posterity. Hell, because the end of last year was such a crazy time, it even took me 4 1/2 months to document something this spectacular. Thankfully it didn't happen (fires and natural disasters are things I really don't like to think about too much for obvious reasons), but what if there was another fire between the time I purchased it and now? Would I have saved the card? Would someone else have? Would they have thought to document it if they did?